Coronation Street and EastEnders stars receive New Year’s Honours after decades on-screen

Coronation Street and EastEnders stars June Brown and William Roache have received New Year’s honors as 2021 draws to a close.

EastEnders actress June, 94, best known as Dot Cotton on the BBC One soap, was named OBE after joining the long-running drama in 1985 before announcing that she would be leaving Albert Square in February 2020.

Meanwhile William, 89, also known as Bill, was also honored with an OBE on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list after playing Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since it first aired on December 9, 1960 and is currently the longest-serving television actor in the world. .

June played the character of Dot Cotton for 35 years from 1985 to 2020 with a hiatus between 1993 and 1997.

Coronation Street actor William Roache

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June Brown received an OBE

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In June 2008, he became the first soap character, starting in 2020, to lead an entire episode that featured a heartwarming monologue from Dot’s life dictated into a cassette machine for her husband Jim Branning, played by the late John Bardon, to listen to. while recovering from a stroke in the hospital.

However, in May 2015 June she revealed that her vision was failing due to macular degeneration, a medical condition that caused blurred or absent vision, and a storyline for Dot was introduced in 2016 surrounding her eye health.

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June as Dot Cotton

William was spotted by Coronation Street creator Tony Warren after playing a soldier in a Granada Television comedy called Marking Time, which aired on ITV in 1961.

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June joined EastEnders in 1985

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Dot was a key character in EastEnders

June with her latest EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor and the Queen

Ken, who was married to Deirdre Barlow, played by the late Anne Kirkbride, has been at the center of many storylines, including a rivalry with Mike Baldwin, Johnny Briggs, and has clashed with his adopted daughter Tracy Barlow on multiple occasions.

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Mike Baldwin argues with Ken Barlow

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Ken with Tracy and Deirdre

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Deirdre and Ken got married in 1981

The New Year’s honors list also saw Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway, 54, being named an MBE for her efforts to document her husband Derek Draper’s battle against the coronavirus, which damaged her organs, including heart, lungs, liver and pancreas.

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William at the 21st National Television Awards at the O2 Arena in 2016

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William with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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William meets the Queen on the set of Coronation Street

Derek, also 54, was hospitalized in March 2020 after contracting Covid-19. He went on to become one of the longest-lived inpatients with the deadly virus in the UK.

The author and political advisor had been in hospital for more than a year. Now he’s back home, but he still needs treatment after the long-term impact the virus has left on him.

Kate is one of the many celebrities who have been honored this year
Kate Garraway Named MBE for Her Efforts to Document Her Husband Derek Draper’s Battle Against Coronavirus

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Kate and her husband Derek Draper in 2007

Kate documented her husband’s progress and how she and her sons Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, coped.

In September of this year, the TV presenter won the Author Documentary Award for Finding Derek at the National Television Awards.

He is now working on a sequel to the documentary, titled Caring For Derek, which will be released in 2022.

Kate isn’t the only celebrity honored by Prince Charles, 73, as many actors, TV presenters, musicians, Olympic athletes and a royal chef have also been honored.


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